Job Overview


Our mission is to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States, provide Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime, seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior, and to administer and enforce the Nation's laws to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans. We strive to build a stronger office through recruitment efforts and maintain the high standards of the office by promoting professional development. We seek to build a legacy of excellence.

In all matters, it is our mission to represent the people of the United States in a manner that will instill confidence in the fairness and integrity of our office and the judicial system, and to conduct our work with the highest integrity. We strive to perform our mission in the most efficient and effective manner.

Additional information on the Southern District of California United States Attorney's Office can be found on the Internet at the following website:

If you are looking for an exciting and challenging career, this is the position for you! With a diverse and talented workforce of over 100,000 men and women, Justice leads the Nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. You can be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty, and the property of citizens.

The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of California is one of the largest and busiest in the country. This office prosecutes federal crimes and defends the interests of the United States Government in civil cases. The Southern District of California encompasses San Diego and Imperial Counties and includes a branch office located in El Centro, California.

The SDCA is home to the largest concentration of Navy and Marine Corps installations in the world. The entire Southern boundary of the District borders the Republic of Mexico. Contained within the district are international ports of entry at San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, Tecate, Calexico (two ports, East and West) and Andrade. The entire west boundary of the District lies on the Pacific Ocean, with a major port in San Diego.

The Special Assistant United States Attorney position is an uncompensated position.

This is an open continuous announcement to fill current and future vacancies.  The position is open until filled.  

Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

This position is located in San Diego, California.

For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney's Offices, visit

This position is a temporary, not-to-exceed one year.  It may be extended without further competition.

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The U.S. Attorney's Office is currently interviewing for a limited number of one-year term Uncompensated Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (SAUSA) positions in the Criminal Division ,San Diego office. The one-year term may be extended in some circumstances. Selected candidates will be assigned to the Reactive Crimes Section, which manages a large volume of reactive cases in U.S. Magistrate and/or U.S. District Court. The casework includes a significant number of drug smuggling and immigration cases, along with a variety of other federal offenses such as alien smuggling, violent crimes, document fraud, and bank robbery. The applicant may be assigned to the Intake Unit, and/or Fast-Track Sentencing Unit. The Intake Unit is responsible for handling new complaints, initial appearances, detention hearings, removal hearings, and magistrate calendars for all reactive cases in U.S. Magistrate Court. The Fast Track Sentencing Unit is responsible for the filing of sentencing documents and appearing in U.S. District Court to handle the sentencing hearings in reactive cases. Opportunities to write Ninth Circuit appeals and work with others on investigations and trials may also exist.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Both within and outside the district as necessary

Relocation Authorized

  • No